Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

February 19–July 19, 2020

Temporarily Closed
The largest exhibition of Rosie Lee Tompkins’s work to date, this retrospective reveals her as a brilliantly inventive quiltmaker and an artist of stunning variety, depth, and impact.

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  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, 1986; quilted by Willia Ette Graham, 1986; velvet, velveteen, faux fur, panné velvet, and velvet backing; 86 x 74 in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Sharon Risedorph Photography.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Three Sixes, 1996; quilted by Irene Bankhead, 1996; polyester double knit, linen-weave cotton or polyester, cotton, rayon, and cotton muslin backing; 96 × 96 in.; BAMPFA, bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Ben Blackwell.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, c. 1987; quilted by Willia Ette Graham and Johnnie Wade, 1991; rayon, polyester, double knit, and cotton knit; 100 x 60 ½ in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Sharon Risedorph Photography.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, 1991; quilted by Irene Bankhead, 1991; velvet, velveteen, velour, and cotton backing; 73 x 67 in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Ben Blackwell.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, 2005; quilted by Irene Bankhead, 2008; cotton, corduroy, rayon linen, polyester print, cotton terry, cotton embroidery, cotton bedding, and other fabrics with cotton muslin backing; 26 x 39 in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Ben Blackwell.

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Past Events

  • Saturday, March 7, 11 AM

    Fabric Postcard Collage Workshop

    Join quiltmakers Stacey Sharman and Kristen Takakuwa of Berkeley’s Hello Stitch Studio to explore the art of quilting as you create fabric postcards.

  • Saturday, February 29, 2 PM

    Colloquium: Re-visioning the Art of Rosie Lee Tompkins

    Scholars Elaine Yau, Horace Ballard, and Lisa Gail Collins shed new light on Tompkins, her cultural context, and her place in modern and contemporary art.

    Note: An email announcement mistakenly listed this event's start time as 3 PM.

  • Selected Wednesdays and Sundays

    Guided Tours: Rosie Lee Tompkins

    Join a guided tour to discover the vibrant and innovative work of quilt artist Rosie Lee Tompkins.

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

  • First and Third Fridays

    Rosie Lee Tompkins: Up Close

    Take an intimate look at Rosie Lee Tompkins’s techniques and materials in an up-close viewing session on the museum’s lower level.

  • Wednesday, February 19, 12 PM

    Curator’s Talk: Elaine Yau on Rosie Lee Tompkins

    Explore the art and life of Rosie Lee Tompkins with a gallery talk by exhibition cocurator Elaine Yau.